- Funding for South Africa’s first action plan on drug resistance has been insufficient and the first set of goals expires in two years. Antibiotic resistance happens when these medicines are overused or prescribed to treat the wrong bacteria.
- A study of 57 hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal found that only three facilities had any money to use to roll out the plan.
- There are work-arounds hospitals and clinics can employ in the absence of a budget, and a full team of specialists to make sure antibiotics are prescribed responsibly. Watch this video for the details.
Yolanda Mdzeke is a multimedia reporter at Bhekisisa. She graduated with an honours degree in journalism, specialising in broadcast journalism and documentary filmmaking, from Rhodes University in 2020.